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The pattern of food and mortality in Belgium.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  68179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Belgians have been gradually shifting from a low ratio of polyunsaturated/saturated fat in their food to a higher one with lower total fat and cholesterol. This has occurred predominantly in the north, where the most obvious change is a decrease in butter consumption and an increase in margarine consumption. The northerners have a four to five times smaller intake of butter than the southerners and nearly double the intake of margarine. Evidence gathered over the past ten years reveals in the north a decreasing serum-cholesterol and in the south a significantly higher serum-cholesterol, associated with higher coronary morbidity and mortality. Life expectancy of males in the north is 2-4 years higher at birth and 2-2 years higher at the age of 30. It is concluded that the food habits of a population can be changed, with great benefit.
J V Joossens; E Brems-Heyns; J H Claes; M Graffar; M Kornitzer; R Pannier; O Van Houte; K Vuylsteek; J Carlier; G De Backer; H Kesteloot; J Lequime; A Raes; M Vastesaeger; G Verdonk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  1977 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-07-18     Completed Date:  1977-07-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1069-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cholesterol / blood
Coronary Disease / epidemiology,  mortality*
Dietary Fats* / administration & dosage
Food Habits*
Life Expectancy
Middle Aged
Military Medicine
Nutrition Surveys
Postal Service
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats; 57-88-5/Cholesterol; 8029-34-3/Butter; 8029-82-1/Margarine

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